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Big Sur Self-Driving Audio Tour in California (Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway)

Experience the iconic Big Sur road trip with a self-guided driving audio tour! As you drive, learn about the fairytale cottages of Carmel, the purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach, and the enormous elephant seals at San Simeon. Drive over Bixby Bridge, marvel at McWay Falls, and enjoy the rugged coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway / Route 1. Big Sur is the most scenic segment of the Pacific Coast Highway (a must-do roadtrip), which you can start in either Monterey or San Luis Obispo.

Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app, enter password, & download the tour. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Stick to the route and speed limit for the best experience.

ALERT: Highway partially closed due to storm damage.

The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking!

Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone can listen together!

This isn't an entrance ticket. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.

per adult from




5 to 6 hours


Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • GPS Map
    • Audios and Text
    • Online Support
    What's excluded :
    • Admission to Paid Attractions
    • Entry/Admission - 17-Mile Drive
    • Entry/Admission - Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    • Entry/Admission - Pacific Coast Highway
    • Entry/Admission - Garrapata State Park
    • Entry/Admission - Point Sur State Historic Park
    • Entry/Admission - Andrew Molera State Park
    • Entry/Admission - Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge
    • Entry/Admission - Pfeiffer Beach
    • Entry/Admission - Grimes Point Scenic Overlook
    • Entry/Admission - Seal Beach Scenic Overlook
    • Entry/Admission - McWay Falls
    • Entry/Admission - Big Creek Bridge
    • Entry/Admission - Big Creek Cove Vista Point
    • Entry/Admission - Limekiln State Park
    • Entry/Admission - Jade Cove
    • Entry/Admission - Nathaniel Owens Memorial Redwood Grove
    • Entry/Admission - Ragged Point
    • Entry/Admission - Piedras Blancas Light Station
    • Entry/Admission - Elephant Seal Vista Point
    • Entry/Admission - Hearst Castle
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, Monterey, CA 93953

    Our Big Sur adventure begins in Monterey, California.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA

    Our self-guided drive continues to picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea, where we'll see it's famous fairytale cottages and pristine beach.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, 62 CA-1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA

    We'll continue driving past Carmel and into the natural wonder of Point Lobos Natural Reserve.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Pacific Coast Highway, 147161, CA

    Next, we enter the world-famous Big Sur portion of the PCH. The Pacific Coast Highway, popularly known as PCH, Highway 1, or Route 1, is one the most scenic roadtrips in the US.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Garrapata State Park, Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, Carmel, CA 93923

    The scenic drive takes us through Garrapata State Park, where we'll have the chance to stop and check out the Garrapata Beach. As we drive, we'll learn about the wildfires that often rage through forests like these.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Bixby Creek Bridge, California 93940, USA

    Our self-guided drive now brings us to Bixby Creek Bridge! This is one of the most photographed bridges in California due to its aesthetic design, graceful architecture, and magnificent setting. It is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Point Sur State Historic Park, Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93940

    We'll continue driving, while admiring and learning about Point Sur and the Point Sur Lighthouse.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Andrew Molera State Park, Cabrillo Hwy, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Our tour then takes us through the Andrew Molera State Park, another natural wonder of this drive. We'll also learn about Big Sur's literary fame.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA

    Bixby isn't the only beautiful bridge in Big Sur; Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge has it's own charm.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Pfeiffer Beach, Sycamore Canyon Road, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Pfeiffer Beach in the Big Sur area is definitely off the beaten path, but well worth the detour. Just south of Big Sur Station on Highway 1 is unsigned Sycamore Canyon Road which winds its way down to the shore.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Grimes Point Scenic Overlook, 49654-49938 Cabrillo Hwy, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Grimes Point Scenic Overlook has got one of the best views of the Big Sur coastline. It's easy to see what brings people to a place like Big Sur.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Seal Beach Scenic Overlook, 49654-49938 Cabrillo Hwy, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Our self-guided drive takes us to Seal Beach Overlook where -- you guessed it! -- we'll be able to spot some sunbathing seals.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Another must stop is at McWay Falls. This stunning 80-foot-tall waterfall on the coast of Big Sur in central California that flows year-round.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Big Creek Bridge, Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Next, we drive over the Big Creek Bridge. This is a 589-foot-long, open spandrel, concrete deck arch bridge connecting this scenic, mountainous coast.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Big Creek Cove Vista Point, 59601-59627 Cabrillo Hwy,, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Big Creek Cove Beach is under the Big Creek Bridge on Highway 1 along the Big Sur Coast. Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve is the land area adjacent to the creek and the California marine protected areas named Big Creek State Marine Reserve and Big Creek State Conservation Area.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Limekiln State Park, Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Our tour continues to Limekiln State Park, featuring beaches, forests, and more.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Pitkins Curve Bridge, California 93920, USA

    As we cross the Pitkins Curve Bridge, we'll learn all about the landslides, mudslides, rockfalls, earthquakes, and other natural disasters that continue to threaten the PCH infrastructure.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Jade Cove, Highway 1, San Simeon, CA 93920

    Jade Cove features a beach full of nephrite jade.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Nathaniel Owens Memorial Redwood Grove, 74896 Cabrillo Hwy, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA

    Nathaniel Owens Memorial Redwood Grove is one of the largest redwood stands for miles. Did you know that the coastal redwood is the tallest living thing on the planet? It's true! These behemoths can grow to around 350 feet, which is as tall as a 35-story building!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Ragged Point, 19019 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93452-9751

    The stretch of highway between San Simeon and Ragged Point is some of the most picturesque in the world. The roadway follows where the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, with jaw-dropping views around every twist and turn. As you drive, plenty of turnoffs offer moments for taking in the region’s grandeur. As you drive to Ragged Point, you will feel like a star in your own private car commercial on Highway 1.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Piedras Blancas Light Station, 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452

    As we drive past the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, we'll have the option to stop and detour for a visit.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Elephant Seal Vista Point, 3 Miles North of San Simeon, San Simeon, CA 93452

    Nothing beats the Elephant Seal Vista Point. The largest seal in the northern hemisphere, the Northern Elephant Seal migrates to the rookery, twice each year. While offshore, the elephant seal spends eight to ten months diving up to 5,800 feet deep for up to two hours. The remaining months of the year, they mate, birth, molt, and rest onshore between trips.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740

    As we drive through San Simeon, we'll have the option to detour to Hearst Castle. Conceived by William Randolph Hearst, the publishing tycoon, it was built between 1919 and 1947.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Morro Bay, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County, California

    Finally, we'll reach Morro Bay, San Luis Opispo, and Pismo Beach, where this segment of our PCH tour ends. You've now experienced the beauty of Big Sur!

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    1299 Del Monte Blvd, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
    Departure Time :
    6/4/2020 - 11/16/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Pismo Beach, CA, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


English - Written, English - Audio

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Organised by 17 Mile Day Trips

Activity ID: V-259648P6

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